The Parable Of The Sheep And Goats (Matthew 25:31-46):
-In this text, Jesus is not giving us a specific list of things that we need to do in order to obtain Salvation. In other words, the context of Matthew 25:31-46 is not about justification, but rather, faithfulness to the will of God. The "sheep" symbolize the true followers of God, whereas the "goats" represent the people who never experienced (or fell away from) true conversion of heart. The works mentioned within this context merely describe the type of person who fits into one of the two distinct, general categories. They are not prescribed as criteria for salvation. In every judgment scene found in Scripture, the Lord points out to our works because they are the evidence of our faithfulness to Him. These works of obedience are the evidence of what is already in our hearts, by faith. While it is true that we will be rewarded for our good works, none of them have any bearing on our salvation (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Salvation is strictly a free gift that is given to us out of God's unmerited grace to mankind. We do not deserve the gift of justification. It is something that we cannot possibly merit for ourselves (Titus 3:5-7).